Prospects for Inclusive Growth

University of Toronto
October 25, 2016
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The seminar on Prospects for Inclusive Growth by Professors Bourguignon (Paris School of Economics) and Leipziger (George Washington University) will cover not only why we care about inclusive growth and how we define it, but also what it is about global inequality trends that are encouraging globally but discouraging within countries. The seminar will address the links between trade and income distribution and how we can make trade more beneficial to many. The speakers will also address the current state of the world economy in terms of growth prospects, its implications for policy, and its possible ramifications. Finally, the seminar will address the important questions of growth and development strategies and what countries like Canada can offer by way of articulating a practical policy vision and taking leadership in an effort to rescue globalization.

Danny Leipziger, Professor of International Business & Int’l Affairs, George Washington University. Managing Director, The Growth Dialogue
François Bourguignon, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics

Paul Cadario, Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs

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Contact Person: Daria Dumbabze


Speaker Bios:

Danny Leipziger is Professor of International Business and International Affairs, George Washington University, and Managing Director, the Growth Dialogue, a network dedicated to examining the issues of sustainable and shared economic growth. He is former Vice President of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (2004–09) at the World Bank. Over the course of his 28-year career at the World Bank, he has held management positions in the East Asia Region and the Latin America and Caribbean Region as well as in the World Bank Institute. Prior to joining the Bank, Dr. Leipziger served in senior positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State. He also has been a Vice Chair of the independent Commission on Growth and Development (2006-2010). He holds a Ph. D. in economics from Brown University and has published widely in the areas of development economics and finance, industrial policy, and banking, including books on Korea, Chile, and East Asia and recent volumes Globalization and Growth (with Michael Spence) and Stuck in the Middle (with Antonio Estache) and Ascent after Decline: Regrowing Global Economies after the Great Recession (with Otaviano Canuto).  He has published more than 40 articles in refereed journals on economic development and finance. His most recent monograph, Restarting Global Economic Growth (with M. Spence, R. Kanbur, and J. Manyika) is the result of a Bellagio 2015 Conference organized by the Growth Dialogue and the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Leipziger is a frequent contributor to the Financial Times. He has written for Project Syndicate and VoxEU, and is often called upon by the international media as a commentator on global economic issues. 

François Bourguignon is emeritus professor of economics at the Paris School of Economics. He has been the director of the Paris School from 2007 to 2013. Before then, he was the chief economist and senior vice-president of the World Bank in Washington.  He spent the rest of his career as a professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is a specialist in public economic policy, inequality, poverty and economic development and has authored a large number of academic papers and books. His recent books include:  The Globalization of Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2015); Handbook of Income Distribution Volume 2 (Elsevier (co-edited with A. B. Atkinson, 2014). He is also active in the international development community, lecturing and advising leading international agencies as well as foreign governments.